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Arsenal are reportedly ‘stepping up’ their pursuit of Nicolas Pepe after Danny Welbeck’s injury on Thursday night.

The S*n claim that Unai Emery is having to ‘rethink’ his January transfer plans after Danny Welbeckdamaged his ankle so badly he is likely to undergo surgery this weekend under the care of the same doctor who previously operated on Jack Wilshere and Gareth Bale.

Arsenal were reportedly set to sit out the January transfer window as they look to restrict their spending, but early reports claim they could be forced to move given the severity of Welbeck’s injury.

Speaking just a few days ago, Nicolas Pepe admitted he is flattered to be linked with Arsenal even if he knew nothing about the rumours before the reporter asked him about them.

“A preference between Dortmund, Bayern or Arsenal? They’re all big clubs, I was not aware of these rumours, although it’s nice,” Pepe said when asked about the rumours.

“Leave Lille at the end of the season? We do not even know what I’ll be doing tomorrow!” he added.

Arsenal told Lille in August that they’re planning a January bid to sign 23-year-old Nicolas Pepe, according to a report in France, but now they’re facing increasing competition for the winger.

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